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Albers School of Business and Economics

China 2017

Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong

(with a one-day side trip to Macao)

August 30-September 13, 2017

China’s economy has grown very rapidly (growth rates over 10% for most of the past 30 years). It is now the second largest economy measured in terms of nominal GDP; it is the world’s largest exporter; and China is the fastest growing consumer market. Understanding the Chinese economy and U.S.-China interaction are both essential in business today.
We have planned the tour in partnership with the Beijing Center and will visit the three largest cities in China—Shanghai, Beijing, and Hong Kong. 

Our current (though still tentative) schedule includes visits to the American Chamber of Commerce and IBM in Beijing; FedEx and Konica Minolta in Shanghai; Alibaba in Hangzhou (just outside of Shanghai); and the new port in Shanghai (the largest in the world). 

Cultural visits will include Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City in Beijing; the Great Wall; a walking tour of the French Concession in Shanghai; a day trip to Hangzhou (outside of Shanghai); and a day trip (via boat) from Hong Kong to Macao.

Shanghai skyline

The Shanghai skyline.


MGMT 4940/5940:
Business in the Chinese Context: Trust, Political Institutions, Economic Development, and Confucianism

Instructor: Dr. Marc Cohen

This course is organized around three challenges facing Chinese and multi-national businesses operating in China:

  1. a narrow disposition to trust in Chinese society (which is well-documented in the empirical literature)
  2. non-democratic social/political institutions (along with heavy state involvement in business and widespread corruption)
  3. the need for economic development. Each of these challenges affects organizations and shapes the overall business climate, and each has what philosophers would call a normative dimension—meaning a dimension that raises ethical issues. 

The course will require a set of preliminary readings, discussed at pre-departure meetings, and then each student will choose a research topic (with input from the instructor)—in the space of cross-cultural business, ethics, or management in a cross-cultural context. Papers will be presented at a post-tour meeting in early fall.

INBU 4940/5940:
Global E-Business in China

Instructor: Dr. Ben Kim

China is a country we need to understand very well for our future. According to the IMF, Chinese economy has become the largest GDP (PPP) in the world as of 2014. In terms of the number of patents granted, China is ranked second after the US.  China’s e-business is having a global impact. Recently, several Chinese companies such as Alibaba had very successful IPOs at the NYSE. 
In this class, we are interested in China’s e-business strategies and practices as well as their business environments and culture. As we can see in the example of Alibaba, China’s e-business is growing exponentially and many Chinese companies are using the Internet for their global operations. Your research paper can be regarding operational, financial, technical, legal, social, or political aspects of Chinese e-business. The specific topics of study depend on your interests.  Before the trip, you will select the areas of research and will be required to do a review of relevant literature.  After the tour, you are required to submit a paper and present it in class.  The instructor will collaborate with you to submit the paper to a journal or conference. 

Program Cost

Expected cost per student: $2950 (excluding airfare, visa, and some meals)

Applications due by Feb. 15, 2017

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Dr. Marc Cohen
Pigott 402

Dr. Ben Kim
Pigott 417